Where is the snow?
OnTheSnow's Weekly Snow Report is updated every Wednesday to give you the best skiing conditions across Europe and North America.
It has been a week of mostly thick cloud, below-freezing temperatures and poor visibility for much of the Alps, but the sun is set to return bringing with it some much pleasanter skiing conditions.
The French Alps has been suffering with visibility problems of late, due to the thick cloud cover. And temperatures have been well below zero, but the sun will push through the clouds tomorrow. Tignes is currently the only open resort in France, but this is all set to change on Saturday with the opening of Les 2 Alpes' glacier.
Tignes (0-30cm) reported 15cm of new snow yesterday as well as 20cm last Thursday so snow quality is good, despite the poor visibility. Temperatures remain below freezing and on-piste conditions are described as packed powder. There is no new snow in the forecast. There are still 4 open runs (12km).
Opening hours of the glacier are 8:30am-2:45pm. A day's ski pass is €37.00; €186 for 6 days. You can also watch the professional ski teams during their training sessions or take a break and enjoy the autumn sun. If you buy a 2-day ski pass (or more) you get access to the lagoon pool.
Les 2 Alpes is opening this Saturday (22nd) until Nov. 1 and then kicks off the season properly Dec. 3. The glacier is already in great shape with powder conditions.
It's been mostly cold and cloudy across the Austrian glaciers of late and visibility has been an issue. But some good snowfall was reported at many of the glaciers, the heaviest at Hintertux. Some of the best skiing this week can be found in Hintertux and Solden. Kitzbuehel, the first non-glacier ski resort, is due to open Saturday!
Hintertux (0-75cm) is in great shape after 20cm of snow last week. There is currently 32km of skiable slopes and 14 working lifts and conditions are described as hard packed. A little light snow is forecast for Thursday and Friday. A Hintertux lift pass is €51.
Mölltal (0-120cm) received 10cm of snow yesterday, helping to freshen the slopes. Conditions are variable across the three open slopes. 11cm of snow is forecast for tomorrow. A day's lift pass is €45.
Pitztal (37-68cm) had only a light dusting of snow last weekend but thanks to the snow machines is looking great with a 68cm base. There is currently 9km of skiable terrain. A ski pass is €48.
Solden (0-93cm) has managed to treble its open terrain in the last week to make 32km of skiable pistes and 8 open lifts, despite the fact no new snow has fallen. Conditions have been cold enough for snow machines to be running. There is no snow in the forecast.
Kaunertal (0-45cm) saw 5cm of snow yesterday which helped freshen conditions. There are currently 12km of open slopes and 6 lifts. No new snow is in the forecast.
Dachstein (0-10cm) opened last weekend weekend with 2km of skiable terrain. 5cm of snow is forecast for tomorrow.
Kitzsteinhorn (0-60cm) received 10cm of snow yesterday and a further 8cm is forecast by Friday. The glacier currently has 10km of open terrain and 8 lifts running.
Stubai (0-60cm) saw 5cm of snow yesterday and is reporting variable conditions. It currently has 14km of open terrain/11 lifts. There is no new snow n the forecast.
Kitzbuehel is always the first non-glacial ski area in Austria to open for the winter. They kick off the season Saturday on the Resterkogel and the following weekend (Nov. 5) on the Hahnenkamm/Walde.
The Italian glaciers are in good shape after the cold conditions this week. There are two new openings this weekend: Cervinia-Breuil and Solda.
Passo Stelvio (0-150cm) is 100% open with 12km of skiable terrain. Conditions are varied but there's plenty of good skiing to be had. A further 5cm of snow is forecast this weekend. A day's ski pass costs €42 per day.
Val Senales (0-50cm) has increased its open terrain to 5 runs (5km) and 4 working lifts. Conditions are varied but keep the slopes are looking great for this time of year. More light snow is forecast for early next week.
Opening this weekend are Cervinia-Breuil and Solda.
As with much of the Alps lately, Swiss ski resorts have been in heavy cloud so skiing hasn't been at its best. However, under all that cloud, slope conditions are particularly good at Zermatt thanks to the heavy snow last weekend. More snow is on the way early next week for both Zermatt and Saas-fee. Three new ski opening are scheduled this Saturday.
Zermatt (0-55cm) had 15cm of fresh snow last Saturday and a further 5cm yesterday, making for some excellent powder conditions. More snow is on the way with 14cm forecast between Sunday-Tuesday. There is currently 29km of open terrain and 11 open lifts.
Saas Fee (0-160cm) saw 3cm of fresh snow yesterday, helping to freshen up the slopes. Open terrain has increased from 20km to 30km and 8 open lifts. A further 12cm of snow is forecast between Sunday-Tuesday.
This Saturday there are three new ski openings scheduled: Engelberg, Diavolezza-Pontresina and Engadin St/ Moritz.
There are currently no open ski resorts in the USA or Canada.